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NZL 2-0 FIJI

Welcome to Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand as the All Whites host Fiji in Group A of OFC Stage 3 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM Qualifying.

New Zealand: 1. Stefan MARINOVIC (GK), 5. Michael BOXALL, 7. Dane INGHAM, 8. Michael McGLINCHEY, 10. Shane SMELTZ, 11. Marco ROJAS, 14. Ryan THOMAS, 15. Clayton LEWIS,17. Tom DOYLE, 20. Tommy SMITH, 22. Andrew DURANTE (C)
Substitutes: 3. Deklan WYNNE, 4. Themistoklis TZIMOPOULOS, 9. Chris WOOD, 12. Glen MOSS (GK), 13. Alex RUFER,  16. Sam BROTHERTON, 18. Kip COLVEY, 19. Moses DYER, 21. Jai INGHAM, 23. Tamati WILLIAMS
Suspended: 6. Bill TUILOMA
Coach: Anthony HUDSON (ENG)

Fiji: 22. Beniamino MATEINAQARA (GK), 2. Avinesh SUWAMY, 4. Dave RADRIGAI, 7. Epeli SAUKURU, 8. Setareki HUGHES, 9. Roy KRISHNA, 12. Remueru TEKIATE, 14. Rinal PRASAD, 15. Osea VAKATALESAU, 17. Kolinio SIVOKI, 18. Taniela WAQA
Substitutes: 1. Simione TAMANISAU (GK), 3. Kavaia RAWAQA, 5. Laitia TUILAU, 6. Jone VESIKULA, 10. Samuela DRUDRU, 11. James HOYT, 13. Josateki TAMUDU, 16. Peniame DROVA, 19. Vereti DICKSON (GK)
Coach: Christophe GAMEL (FRA)

FULL TIME | New Zealand 2-0 Fiji

90’+2′ New Zealand playing it across their backline but the pressing from Fiji is too relaxed to threaten

90’+1′ SUB NZL | Veteran Shane SMELTZ makes way for Moses DYER

90′ A minimum of three minutes additional time

90′ ROJAS with a similar effort off his left foot is again over the target

89′ J. INGHAM whacks it at goal but sends his effort well over the cross bar

87′ HUGHES closes in on BOXALL who is trying to clear the long ball from MATEINAQARA

84′ SUB NZL | Double-goal scorer Ryan THOMAS is replaced by Alex RUFER

82′ Cross from J. INGHAM and SMELTZ is in an offside position as he puts the ball past the keeper

81′ Nerves on the Fiji bench as MATIENAQARA decides to dribble past two attackers before laying the ball off

80′ SMELTZ on the end of a cross from DOYLE sends it away from goal but the flag has gone up

78′ HUGHES is caught by the offside flag allowing the Kiwis to head off on an attack of thei rown

77′ McGLINCHEY is sitting free on the edge of the box and almost manages to put the ball past the keeper but for a defender’s stray foot

76′ TEKIATE goes over the back of SMELTZ and concedes a free kick

75′ YELLOW CARD | Samuela DRUDRU picks up a caution after catching the achilles of Andrew DURANTE

75′ Fiji do well to move the ball through the middle and almost manage to split the defence

73′ Fiji with a free kick but they can’t get anything clean off it, however follow it up by winning a corner

72′ SUB FIJ | Osea VAKATALESAU makes room for Samuela DRUDRU

68′ GOAL!!! NZL 2-0 FIJ | Ryan THOMAS with a glancing header to put the cross from Doyle in the back of the net

65′ DOYLE has a go from a tight angle after beating past one defender but no luck

64′ The keeper with a quick release for KRISHNA but he’s alone up front and the All Whites have raced back to head off the challenge

63′ Quick hands from MATEINAQARA to deny

62′ The sub J. INGHAM gets his first touch on the ball but he can’t get a clear cross off

61′ SUB FIJ | Jai INGHAM comes in for the injured Clayton LEWIS

60′ KRISHNA takes a shot and it takes a deflection for a corner

60′ ROJAS curls over the wall and it’s well left by MATEINAQARA

59′ Big challenge on LEWIS and he’s limping off for treatment

57′ SUB FIJ | Avinesh SUWAMY makes room for Peniame DROVA

57′ TUILAU and MATEINAQARA both go to clear the same ball and it’s a testing couple of seconds before it’s booted out for a corner

56′ VAKATALESAU just gets under BOXALL who has leapt for a header, he falls hard but is able to continue

55′ SMELTZ can’t quite get his toe to a cross from MCGLINCHEY and nor can ROJAS at the back post

53′ THOMAS has a crack from the edge of the area but sees his effort go outside the post

50′ VAKATALESAU is caught offside as Fiji try to create something and the momentum is lost

49′ Loads of room for DOYLE on the left but he’s beaten in the aerial and there’s room for Fiji up front

47′ THOMAS just getting some treatment after going down hard on his right hip

46′ Second half gets underway with New Zealand making a speedy attack

HALF-TIME | New Zealand 1-0 Fiji

45’+3′ KRISHNA delivers a corner but it’s easily cleared out by the Kiwis

45’+2′ DOYLE sends the ball into the box, ROJAS gets his head to it but has flicked it away from the target

45′ A minimum of two minutes additional time

44′ SMELTZ winds up a shot and it’s off Taniela WAQA’s face for a corner

42′ LEWIS puts pressure on TEKIATE at the back but it’s put out off the midfielder

40′ SUB FIJ | Rinal PRASAD is replaced by Laitia TUILAU

38′ KRISHNA comes back to close down DOYLE and manages to do so while also getting a goal kick

37′ New Zealand gift the ball to KRISHNA but who goes forward, there’s seven Kiwis in the box but not enough Fijians come up

35′ LEWIS puts the corner in front of goal and HUGHES leaps high to clear

34′ INGHAM with a decent run into the area, he puts in a tight shot but the keeper pushes it clear

33′ MATEINAQARA punches the ball clear and Fiji rush to clear

32′ ROJAS behind the latest free kick for New Zealand with Shane SMELTZ asking for a back post delivery

27′ GOAL!!! NZL 1-0 FIJ | SMELTZ lays the ball back to an unmarked Ryan THOMAS who slots it past the keeper

27′ KRISHNA takes on BOXALL and the defender comes away with the ball

26′ Avinesh SUWAMY with a great touch to bring the ball down but there’s a white shirt whipping in to steal

25′ A LEWIS effort comes bouncing off the cross bar and Fiji scramble to clear

24′ ROJAS breaks and sends a low shot past Remueru TEKIATE who just gets a touch to put it around the post

23′ THOMAS makes a run towards the box but is dis-possessed, however Fiji don’t hold on and the Kiwis are back on attack

22′ KRISHNA doesn’t bother going up against the height of BOXALL for an aerial ball and waits for the second ball

20′ Clayton LEWIS with a powerful effort from distance sees MATEINAQARA smacks away from goal

18′ New Zealand have a chance as THOMAS shoots, MATEINAQARA blocks and SMELTZ can’t touch it into the net

17′ YELLOW CARD | Clayton Lewis is cautioned for a slightly late challenge on Roy KRISHNA

16′ HUGHES is free in the middle and sees an opening so goes for goal but has sent it over the cross bar

15′ Big challenge on Marco ROJAS but no foul awarded so he’s up to play on

13′ Fiji under pressure as they scramble to clear the cross from Dane INGHAM followed by that of Ryan THOMAS

12′ A corner for New Zealand is headed goal wards by Michael BOXALL but MATEINAQARA claims

11′ Tom DOYLE brings the ball up the left and Setareki HUGHES slides in to slow the attack

8′ Roy KRISHNA breaks and goes directly for goal, VAKATALESAU is wide but he opts to shoot and it deflects well over

8′ Fiji attempt a clearance but hit it straight at a defender and are fortunate to get it out

5′ Free kick for New Zealand off the corner of the box but Beniaminio MATEINAQARA claims

4′ A chance for Shane SMELTZ as the ball drops to him at the top of the 18 yard, but he volleys over the cross bar

3′ Fiji win back but New Zealand are pressing high as they did in Lautoka

1′ New Zealand with the ball and playing the ball up the the left, but soon switch to the right

1′ Fiji’s Osea VAKATALESAU kicks us off this evening

Match Officials
Referee: Kader ZITOUNI (TAH)
Assistant Referee 1: Folio MOEAKI (TGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Sione TEU (TGA)
Fourth Official: Nelson SOGO (SOL)

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